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Ken Doherty qualifies for Australian Goldfields Open

Ken Doherty into the Australian Goldfields Open (©GettyImages)
Ken Doherty into the Australian Goldfields Open (©GettyImages).

Ken Doherty has booked his place at the final stages of the Australian Goldfields Open.

The former World Champion earned his spot on the plane Down Under with a 5-0 thumping of Simon Bedford in the final qualifying round.

The Irishman knocked in breaks of 51, 73 and 65 to secure his spot in Australia for the world ranking event in July.

Doherty will be joined by Dechawat Poomjaeng who won over many fans with his antics at the World Championships in Sheffield earlier this year. The Thai beat Jamie Burnett 5-2.

Elsewhere, Crucible quarter-finalist Michael White cruised to a 5-1 win over Nigel Bond while Ryan Day came from 3-2 down to beat Tony Drago 5-3. 

White won comfortably although he did miss out on a maximum break when he failed to pot the final black on 140. 

Mike Dunn, who came from 4-0 down in his opening match against Saqib Nasir to win 5-4, went on to qualify by beating last year's Bendigo runner-up and former World Champion Peter Ebdon 5-2. 

James Wattana and Jimmy White will not be going to Australia after they were beaten by Fergal O'Brien and Ben Woollaston respectively.

The Australian tournament tends not to attract many 'big' players despite it being a ranking event. 

One of the reasons for this is the low prize fund that means that you have to get very far in the competition to earn a just reward when you take expenses into account. 

 

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